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New Dukesbay Theater in Merlino building attracts new fringe theater group New Muses, with edgy season starting next week

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 3, 2013 at 9:22 am |
July 3, 2013 9:22 am

Having just opened the doors of their new black box theater in the Merlino Building, Tacoma company Dukesbay Productions has already attracted a three-show season from South Sound company New Muses Theatre Company.

Producing fringe theater in Seattle and surrounds since 2009, New Muses will kick off their first show July 12 – Neil Labute’s dark comedy “The Shape of Things,” exploring modern ideals of love, art and manipulation.

8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays July 12-28.

The season continues with “Angels in America” from Aug.16-Sept.1, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play about the ’80s AIDS crisis, and goes on with a version of “Romeo and Juliet” updated for the social media age in late September.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our brand of independent fringe theater to Tacoma,” says managing artistic director Niclas Olson.

Renovated from a long, sunlit room on the top floor of the Merlino Arts Building, the Dukesbay Theater is the work of Tacoma theater husband-and-wife duo Randy and Aya Hashiguchi Clark, who have presented plays in other non-traditional venues like the revamped basement of First Congregational Church downtown. Watch this space for more details soon.

The theater is located at 508 6the Ave., Tacoma. All New Muses tickets will be $15 single, $33 season. newmuses.com, dukesbay.org

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